Tom Sachs


Tom Sachs was born in New York on July 26, 1966. After studying briefly at the Architectural Association in London in 1987, he received a B.A. from Bennington College in Vermont in 1989. Throughout the 1990s, Sachs developed a technique based on the concept of bricolage, a sort of "do-it-yourself" ethic that he deployed in both video and sculpture. Hello Kitty Nativity Scene (1994) is a traditional depiction of the Christian Nativity with modern characters such as Hello Kitty and Bart Simpson substituted for the religious figures. This work, along with others such as Prada Toilet (1997) and White Ghetto Blaster (2000), epitomize Sachs's humorous approach to object making. Nutsy's (2002), a model of an imaginary city complete with "ghetto" and "modernist art park" areas and featuring sculptural, mechanical, and video elements, is intended as an amalgam of the Modernist utopianism of Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation housing block and the capitalist modernism of McDonald's.

Sachs has had solo exhibitions at SITE Santa Fe (1999), the Bohen Foundation in New York (2002), and Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin (2003). His work has also appeared in Shred Sled Symposium at Thread Waxing Space in New York (1996), Icons: Modern Design and the Haunting Quality of Everyday Objects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1997), My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation at Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, Iowa (2001), Five by Five: Contemporary Artists on Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (2002), and Materials, Metaphors, Narratives: Work by Six Contemporary Artists at Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York (2003). In 1997, he received the London Architectural Association Furniture Prize. He lives and works in New York. His last solo show Logjam at the DAMC, Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines , Iowa and last year at Fondazione Prada in Milano. Sachs is represented by Sperone Westwater , New York , Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris and Salzburg and Tomio Koyama, Tokyo.